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International fans ‘love of Italy’ helps Kappa

June 12, 2019

THE NUMBER of British festival-goers buying tickets to Turin’s Kappa Futur Festival (cap. 25,000) has doubled compared to last year, and the event is on target to hit around 40 per cent international attendees, say organisers. This builds on the 35 per cent foreign visitors attracted to the four-stage electronic…

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‘Best Heartland yet’

June 12, 2019

FOUR YEARS developing a strong reputation, and a larger budget, has resulted in the strongest line-up to date at the 22,000-capacity Heartland festival, says director Ulrik Ørum-Petersen. Headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins, Solange, Die Antwoord, The Raconteurs and The Good, the Bad & the Queen, the event takes place in…

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Secret Solstice keeps party going

June 7, 2019

SECRET SOLSTICE festival-goers will be able to party for longer at the 15,000-capacity event’s new after-hours programme. Once the mainstage closes at 11.45pm, ticket-holders will have access to Ragnarock (cap. 1,000), held at Reykjavik’s Hard Rock Café, which  organisers transform into a two-floor space with a line-up of DJs running…

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Sziget showcases global cultures

May 1, 2019

MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a…

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Flood report forces festival to move

May 1, 2019

The revival of the Doctor Music Festival after a break 19 years has faced a setback, with the risk of flooding forcing a site change. The 50,000-capacity event was due to be held in the Escalarre Vall d’Àneu valley in the Pyrenees on 11-14 July. But a Catalan Water Agency…

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Sziget showcases global cultures

April 1, 2019

MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a…

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Carbon: how low can Flow go?

February 22, 2019

FINLAND      Although attendance grew by 3,000 people a day to 84,000 in 2018, Flow Festival, near Helskinki, says it managed to reduce the volume of waste it produces by 21 per cent, while all waste was used either for energy production or reused. The event, headlined by Cardi…

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Unum aims to launch new Albanian scene

February 22, 2019

ALBANIA                A new house and techno festival launches at the beach site of Rana e Hedhun, Shengjin, on the Adriatic coast, this May, with the aim of stimulating a new contemporary music scene in the region. Unum has a capacity of 20,000 but co-organiser…

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Øya advises Oslo on sustainable events

February 22, 2019

NORWAY                The 15,000-capacity Øya Festival, has been invited to join the advisory board for the city of Oslo as it becomes European Green Capital this year. The event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was awarded an ‘Outstanding’ award by festival environmental…

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Primavera embraces the ‘new normal’

February 5, 2019

SPAIN      Barcelona festival Primavera Sound (cap. 35,000) is promoting an equal gender line-up for this year’s event. Under the banner The New Normal, headliners include Solange, Tame Impala, Cardi B, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Future, Janelle Monáe, Nas, and Rosalía. “Primavera Sound is the holy grail for artistes…

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Plant returns to land of ice and snow

February 5, 2019

ICELAND                Forty-nine years since Led Zeppelin’s first performance in the country, founding member Robert Plant is returning to headline Secret Solstice, in the capital Reykjavik. Plant and his Sensational Shapeshifters band will be one of the headliners at the 12,000-capacity event, which takes…

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Woman-only camp offers safe space

February 5, 2019

UNITED STATES               Acamping area just for “women, women-identifying and non-binary individuals” has been revived for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival  (cap. 100,000), following a successful pilot scheme at the Tennessee event two years ago. Organisers say SheRoo will act as “a place…

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New rock festival for Malaga

January 2, 2019

SPAIN      A new rock and metal festival Malaga will see stages split between the backdrop of the Costa del Sol and a historic castle. Rock the Coast takes place between 14 and 15 June, at the site of the Mare Nostrum, with one stage onside the Sohail Castle. The…

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Epicenter set to break new ground

January 2, 2019

UNITED STATES                Anew three-day festival in North Carolina is being launched by producer Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP). Epicenter Festival will be held at the newly-created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina between 10 and 12 May. Festival producer Danny Wimmer says,…

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Superstruct goes with the Flow

January 2, 2019

FINLAND               The owner of Hungary’s 70,000-capacity Sziget Festival and Sonar Barcelona has acquired a stake in Flow Festival (cap. 10,000) as its line-up is announced. Superstruct Entertainment, led by Creamfields founder James Barton and backed by private-equity firm Providence, has entered into an…

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Creamfields scoops only UK Mafia show

December 4, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM    House music supergroup have announced they will headline (cap.) in 2019. Having only played one shows during a five-year hiatus, Swedish House Mafia have decided that headlining the 70,000-capacity Creamfields festival will be their only UK show next year. “We are excited to have Swedish House Mafia…

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Key solution to new Ultra home

December 4, 2018

UNITED STATES                The 50,000-capacity Ultra Music Festival will have an extended operating time next year, after its new site in Miami was confirmed. The dance event has been held annually in the city since 1999 and confirmed this month that it is moving…

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New Mac for Werchter Boutique

December 4, 2018

BELGIUM             Fleetwood Mac have been confirmed as one of the headliners for the the one-day Werchter Boutique (cap. 60,000) festival in June, featuring their new line-up The performance is part of a European tour that includes two nights at the UK’s Wembley Stadium (90,000)…

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Roskilde gears up for No 49

October 31, 2018

Denmark                The 85,000-capacity not-for-profit Roskilde Festival is preparing for another sell-out year for its 49th edition. Among the first wave of artistes confirmed for the event, which is located 34kms to the west of capital city Copenhagen and will be held from 29…

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Tool back after 13-year wait

October 31, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM             One of the highlights of next year’s 100,000-capacity Download Festival for programmer Andy Copping is the return of Tool to the bill. The 14 to 16 June Live Nation Entertainment-promoted event, which takes place at Donington Park in Leicestershire, will also feature…

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